Kolkata: Coming down hard on the violent incidents of Tuesday during Amit Shah’s roadshow in the West Bengal capital, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has, to the utter chagrin of State Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, relieved the State Additional Director-General of Police (CID) Rajeev Kumar from his post with immediate effect and directed him to report to the Union Home Ministry at 10 AM on 16 May.
The EC also removed State principal secretary (home) Atri Bhattacharya form his post for interfering in the process of conducting elections.
The decision of ECI did not go down well with Trinamool. The party chief Mamata has intensified her rhetoric and she is in no mood to spare even the EC. Banerjee called the EC “coward”. Moreover, she said the EC was scared of Shah.
The EC has also cut down the duration of election campaigning by one day. Reacting to it, Mamata Banerjee held a press conference and very fiercely, before journalists, criticised the decision of the commission and also target the Narendra Modi government. She held BJP president Shah responsible for the violence. She blamed the BJP for bringing goons from outside to create ruckus in Kolkata and pin the blame on the Trinamool dispensation. Mamata called them “saffron goons”.
Mamata Banerjee called the commission’s decision unconstitutional, illegal, unethical and unfair. She called the EC biased as it did not take any decision against the complaints filled by the Trinamool. She said the commission was scared of Shah.
Banerjee said further that such a decision of the commission was actually Modi’s decision. She added that Shah had insulted Bengal and Bengalis.
Further, Mamata alleged that the EC had punished the Trinamool alone for the violence by what she called BJP workers who were part of the Shah roadshow. “But BJP will be wiped out from Bengal by its people. Tapping her back she said there was no land-order issue in West Bengal.
Polls in these constituencies are scheduled to be held during the last phase on 19 May and the 48-hour silence period is to start on 17 May in the evening. The order bars campaigning activities till the conclusion of the election on 19 May.
There has been not a single phase of these Lok Sabha elections that could be conducted without violence.